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The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Mattie's Call issued for Clyde Ragland

JONESBORO, Ga. - Police in Clayton County have issued a Mattie's Call for 69-year-old Clyde E. Ragland.

Ragland was last seen at Southern Regional Hospital in Riverdale on Thursday. Police describe him as a black male, about 5-foot-11-inches tall, weighing about 210. He's got short black and gray hair, and brown eyes. Police said they believe Ragland is traveling on foot.

Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to telephone Clayton County Police at (770) 477-3747.

Clayton County police arrest alleged sexual assault suspect

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Clayton County authorities arrested 23-year-old Aamirr Philpot of Jonesboro on Thursday for alleged sex crimes.

According to Sgt. K.T. Hughes, Philpot has been wanted over the last two months for sex crimes he had been accused of committing.

Hughes said Philpot would lure his victims using a social media website. Philpot would rob and rape the victims at gunpoint when then agreed to meet with him.

Authorities arrested Philpot after an extensive search. Philpot is charged with rape, flase imprisonment and aggravated sodomy, and is being held in the Clayton County Jail.


Mattie's Call cancelled for missing Jonesboro woman

JONESBORO, Ga. -- A Mattie's Call has been cancelled for a missing Jonesboro woman who has dementia.

According to Phong Nguyen of the Clayton County Police Department, 73-year-old Lula Brown was located on Friday.

She was last seen around 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, where police believed she walked away her home of 404 Camp Hill Lane.




Gas leak reported near Clayton County DFCS office

JONESBORO, Ga. -- A gas leak has been reported near the Clayton County Division of Family and Children Services office in Jonesboro.

Workers apparently hit a gas line while digging behind the building on Battle Creek Road near Tara Boulevard.

No injuried were reported. No details were immediately available.

10 local officers charged with helping drug dealers

ATLANTA -- Ten law enforcement officers are charged with assisting drug dealers around metro Atlanta. 

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia announced the charges after a year-long undercover investigation of gang related activity. 

The overall undercover operation uncovered officers from the DeKalb County Police Department, Stone Mountain Police Department, the Atlanta Police Department, MARTA Police Department, Forest Park Police Department, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Protective Service. In addition, one man, Alexander Hill, falsely represented himself to be a Clayton County Police Officer.

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

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"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.